Indian sail training squadron visits Thailand

Indian Naval ships Tir and Sujata together with the sail training ship Sudarshini and Indian Coast Guard Ship Varuna entered Phuket, Thailand on April 4 where they are expected to stay until April 8.

The four ships comprise the Indian Navy sail training squadron which is on an overseas deployment during a spring term 2016 course. The senior officer of the 1st Training Squadron, Captain SR Ayyar, would be embarked on board INS Tir.

The primary aim of the Squadron is to impart sea training to naval and coast guard trainees. All the trainees are trained in seamanship, navigation, ship handling, boat work, and various technical aspects.

The Southern Naval Command (SNC) is the training command of the Indian Navy, which provides both basic and advanced training to officers and sailors of the Indian Navy.

According to the Indian press information bureau, the Indian Navy has also been providing training to personnel from friendly foreign countries for more than four decades, wherein more than 13,000 personnel from over 40 countries have been trained.